Coffee With The Authors is a live, conversational interview with local and regional authors about the craft and process of writing at the Glen Arbor Arts Center. On May 18 Brittany Cavallaro, the author of seven Young Adult [YA] novels, explains this stand-alone genre, and how she approaches it. Sarah Bearup-Neal, GAAC gallery manager, leads the conversation, which begins at 11 am. Cavallaro is a creative writing instructor at the Interlochen Arts Academy, her alma mater [her New York Times bestselling Charlotte Holmes series is set in a boarding school]. YA fiction is geared to readers ages 12 to 18 years, but it tackles mature themes and subjects the sets it apart from traditional middle school literature. Cavallaro is also the author of three volumes of poetry, and frequently collaborates with other writers.

Leelanau County artist Dana Falconberry is exhibiting “Native Plants,” a group of painted and stitched canvases, in the Glen Arbor Arts Center (GAAC) lobby gallery this summer. This small show runs until August 29. Falconberry, a musician, printmaker and painter, has been, in the last few years, creating textile works that combine hand-painted imagery with machine chain stitch embroidery. “Native Plants,” and a recorded interview with Falconberry, may also be viewed online.

A version of this interview with Dana Falconberry and Jonathan Boyd of Roll Model appeared in our sister publication, The Betsie Current, which is based in Benzie County.

Since the 1990s, the Glen Arbor Arts Center (GAAC) has welcomed visiting artists who want to immerse themselves in their work. The GAAC’s Suzanne Wilson Artist-in-Residence program offers up to seven, creative practitioners a two-week respite from their daily lives in order to focus on a new idea that needs space and time to develop, to an on-going project that might be nearing conclusion.

The fields at Backyard Burdickville in Empire Township will come to life once again with the sound of music. The LivelyLands Music Festival returns, Aug. 20-22, to the former Empire Eagles’ campground on M-72, which the Lively family purchased in 2019. LivelyLands was canceled last year during the COVID-19 shutdown. With guitar picking and beautiful maladies crooning through the fields and forests, this intimate, “backyard” festival carries the legacy of Leelanau County summer music festivals.

On July 28, visitors to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore can listen to the avant-garde folk stylings of Dana Falconberry, starting at 8 p.m. at the Platte River Campground. The concert is part of the free Find Your Park Concert Series in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial.